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Sunday Specials

Each and every Sunday we will bring you any sales or special offers that our lovely sellers have happening for the coming week.


Red Chilli Designs have a massive 65-70% off their entire range.  You can take a look at their adorable stock here.  


Starting tomorrow, and going for two whole weeks, the absolutely delightful Ruby Pickles have a minimum of 50% off their entire range of kids/baby clothing.  You can check out their collection here.  


Helmschild have a huge 50% off their entire range of seriously cool tween clothing.  Take a look at their awesome range here.  


Miss Emilies have $15 off their entire range of gorgeous geometric necklaces from now until July 5th.  You can get yours here.  


Jenim Design have 20% off all their beautiful prints from now until 7th July.  Just enter the code jenim20 at the checkout to take advantage.  You can view their entire range here.  


Petit are having 20% off their entire range of divine cot blankets and matching pillows from tomorrow until 12th July.  Check out their their full collection here.  


Black Eyed Susie have 15% off all their beautiful cushion covers from now until Friday.  View their full range here.  


Attipas have their toddler shoes for the bargain price of $19.95 (a huge 40% off RRP).  All styles reduced, strictly for a limited time only.  You can view their range here.  

Happy Shopping!!! xx

For the love of cocktails!

The weekend is here!  And what better way to bring in the weekend than a cocktail!  It may be winter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a bit of summer in a drink!

This one had me at lychees.  It looks goooood!


5-6 fresh mint leaves
2-3 fresh lychees (or canned)
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
15 ml fresh lime juice
15 ml simple sugar syrup
50 ml good gin
25 ml sparkling water


In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves and 1/2 of the sliced lychee with 1/2 tsp of superfine sugar.  Add lime juice, syrup gin and ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.  Top up with sparkling water (or soda) and garnish with lychees and mint.

You could change around the quantities of lime and gin to suit you tastes (and desired drink strength!).

Cheers! xx

Recipe originally from Kiss My Spatula

Seller in the Spotlight : Burbia

Every few weeks we will put one of our gorgeous sellers in the spotlight and share with you a little about them and their business.


Today we introduce you to Greg Miller of Burbia.

How did you start your business? 
Burbia first started back in 2009, before the Type Map scene became as big as it is today with so many variations on essentially the same idea. I've always loved type and print, and having something tangible you can touch and feel. And associating that with the places we live and love, and grew up. Branching on from that came the whole suburban theme from which Burbia was born. The type maps are just one part as I continue to grow with more ideas and prints to come in the Burbia range.

What inspires you?
Too many too mention... I love architecture and interiors the most. The Bauhaus Movement in the 1920's and all the amazing architecture, furniture and poster designs that followed on from that era is the highlight.  Living in Sydney we are lucky to have a great diverse range of amazing galleries, so I try to see as many exhibitions as I can... The late great Jeffry Smart is my favourite painter. 

What is your favourite piece in your collection? 
Growing up in Newcastle I would have to say the Newy print of course! And in the Urban Red, that is my favourite colour in the Burbia collection.

What is it that you wish people cared more about? 
Recycling!!!! I wish people too more care about what they throw away. I remember watching a documentary on the Mumbai slums in India, presented by KenMcload of Grand Designs, and they recycle almost everything! 

If you could invite 5 people (dead or alive) to dinner, who would you invite and why?
Andy Warhol (The pop art entertainer man himself, would keep things lively)
Leonardo Da Vincx (He could entertain us drawing a masterpiece on the tablecloth)
Arnold_Schwarzenegger (The ex Govenator now but you can't not admire what he's achieved)
Milla jovovich (She's just always been my favourite)
J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan himself)

Here's a list of details you might like to know about Burbia prints.
Our prints are produced using 100% recycled australian made paper hand pulled on 250gsm card. Burbia work very hard to minimise our impact on the environment.
All our prints are wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and sent in robust recycled cardboard tubes and should reach you in pristine condition.
Custom Orders on one-off special sizes and colours are available. Please 'ask the seller a question' with your requirements and we will get in touch.
You can see the amazing full range of Burbia prints here

New to the Crew : Little Ladybags

In my experience, most little girls I know love to carry a handbag.  Just like Mum.  A place for their bits and pieces.  Something that makes them feel ever so grown up.

One of our newest sellers is Little Ladybags. And they cater for just that - Little Ladies who love their bags.  But not only do they do adorable little bags for girls, they also fill them with lovely lady bits and pieces too!

Absolutely divine!

Would your little lady love these too? 

You can see their adorable range here

Bedroom Envy : Drifter and the Gypsy

Have you seen the blog Drifter and the Gypsy yet?  If not, you must check it out.  It's a treasure trove of  creativity and inspiration.

And when Micaela shared her bedroom in a recent post we fell in love with it's warmth and special little touches.  I don't know about you, but I'd love to have a bedroom like that.  It's loved, it's liveable, it's quirky and cool.


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Let's Make It : Make your own Memory Game

When I think of childhood card games - memory is the one that first comes to mind.  I would spend hours playing with not only my siblings, but also on my own.  My memory was good.  But then along come children, and baby brain and... well, you know the rest.

This is free printable is just gorgeous, and a great one to get the kids involved in (so perfect for the school holidays!).  Not only that, but it's been created by one of our beautifully talented sellers - Love JK.


The printable download (you can get it here).
Sheets of A4 card


Download the PDF and print it onto the card.
Cut out each square (you'll have two of each design).
You can adhere some other coloured card to the backs to make them stronger.  And if you wanted to make them even more durable, you could laminate each card.


Shuffle the cards.
Lay them out face down.
Take turns to turn over two cards.
Remember where the cards are and then see if you can match up the pairs.

My three and a half year old daughter LOVES this game.  The perfect rainy day game.

LoveJK, is made locally in Melbourne with premium paper, fine fabrics and most of all ‘love’. Their focus is on fun-ware kids, for celebrating, decorating and creating. Featuring stationery, invitations, bunting and giftware, everything is designed to bring a smile to your face. They also have a range of personalised gifts, where you can tailor your pressie to any Thomas, Richard or Harriet.

This is one that was first posted by our friends over at the Daily Buzz.

Sunday Specials

Each and every Sunday we will bring you any sales or special offers that our lovely sellers have happening for the coming week. 


The birthday celebrations are continuing for Amelia's Armoire who are extending their 10% off sale for the rest of June.  You can take a look at their beautiful range here.


Beautiful Life Industries have 30% off their divine leather loafers from now until the end of the week.  You can get yours here.


The fabulous Signed Sealed Delivered are having a huge 20% off everything in their store.  You can shop at their store here.


Bleecker Street Vintage have a huge sale on various pieces in their store including quilts, bags and pillows.  You can view their gorgeous range here.


One White Sunday have a huge 20% off their beautiful range of necklaces until June 29th.  You can get yours here.


May and Belle have their gorgeous Heart and Welcome Heart Maps on sale.  You can purchase yours here.

Have a beautiful week of shopping!! xx

For the love of eating : Preserved Lemon Cupcakes

For this week's recipe, we are going to hear from one of our gorgeous sellers.  Ayra from Spice & Rind shares with us her recipe for Preserved Lemon Cupcakes, made from her own preserved lemons which are available on DTLL!

250g butter, softened
2 cups (400g) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
4 eggs
3 cups (450g) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup (250ml) milk

Butter Cream Frosting
200g butter, softened
1kg icing sugar mixture
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
preserved lemon rind (washed and chopped finely) - to taste.  You can get yours here.  

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line twenty-four 1/3-cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans with paper cases.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla bean paste until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the flour, baking powder and milk, in alternate batches, and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  3. Spoon mixture evenly among the lined pans and smooth the surface. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the butter cream frosting, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until very pale. Gradually add the icing sugar, beating well between each addition. Add the milk and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Mix in preserved lemon rind. Add enough to suit your taste.
  5. Use a round-bladed knife or pallet knife to spread icing over each cake. Decorate each cake with little pieces of preserved lemon rind.

Thank you so much to Ayra for sharing this one!  I am a HUGE fan of all things lemon (our wedding cake was lemon cake), so I'll be trying this one out asap.

Happy cooking!

Collections : Winter Delights

Beautiful Winter evenings with beautiful smelling candles?.. The store that created this collection can make sure that comes to reality :)

New to the crew...

I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of statement accessories.  They can make even the most basic jeans and t-shirt combo stand out with flair and fabulous-ness!

Our latest seller, Plats and Knots, sells just that.  Beautiful, handmade, unique pieces at a really affordable price.

Perfect for women and girls of all ages.  The trouble is deciding which piece I'll buy first!

Check out their full range here.

Chasing Dreams : My Story

A beautiful girl called Sonia from Love Life and Hiccups asked me to write a post for her a few weeks back and I thought I would share it again here as it is a subject I am often asked about... Why did I start DTLL? How did I start DTLL? and was it a big leap of faith to do so?

So chasing dreams huh?.. wowsers its is a huge choice that so many people come across and often never even get close to addressing. I have had so many ideas over my lifetime , seen, thought OMG that would be fab in Aus.. I should do that.. then gone nah.. too hard basket.. so what happened with DTLL? Why was that not swept under the carpet along with the others?

DTLL had that last little ingredient that tipped me over the edge, it had an added dose of desire that made me passionate. I was always a book marker, I just couldn't help myself. When I found something unique to buy on line. I saved it to come back too, I mean what if it hadn't been able to find it again?! Oh the travesty!

My speciality is gathering unusual gifts and home d├ęcor. I adore buying presents as I always have something in mind that suits the recipient regardless of budget limitations and my friends were always asking for recommendations. I had so many mini fist pump moments when they then bought those suggested products or someone asked me where I got the present that I bought their child as they wanted to buy one for someone else. 

It was a lightbulb moment that maybe I could turn something I loved doing and loved sharing into something that everyone could also grow to love. I researched and realised there wasn’t any one site to send them which guaranteed finding the sort of  gifts and home wares that I would be happy to recommend.

I went to a couple of web developers for quotes and whilst that initially scared me into stepping back and thinking about things for another month, I then went back to my boys and really sat down and got to the nitty gritty of exactly what I wanted the site, how it would function and most importantly how much it would cost to create that. 

The quote was high, the build was our family nest egg, it was all our savings and I would not be earn a wage for the whole 6 months it took to develop and at least the next year post launch. Again hubby and I sat down, did more research. The more I researched, the more I bookmarked and the more I bookmarked, the more I knew I wanted this SOOO bad. My gut NEVER said No, never not once and whilst I have no doubt my husband was nervous he never showed it and he backed me 100% saying he believed I could do it and he knew I would make it happen if I wanted it bad enough. 

So I hit the build button and there was no turning back.

From the look and feel of the website…to the font, logo, and colours…I knew exactly what I wanted in the DTLL site. In October 2011 we sent out personal invitations to the gorgeous stores I had been bookmarking all those years. Using the treasured places I spent many years sourcing, I gathered them all in one place. I then added the fun elements of wish lists and collections and in Nov 2011 Down that Little Lane went LIVE
So has it been worth it? Is the "chasing dreams" notion a totally ludicrous one?. 
It takes courage, it takes desire, it takes a support and it takes a HUGE amount if hard work. Hard work? 
WTF? What harder than what you do now?  
Yes most likely but the major part that makes the difference is that the hard work is all for YOU, it is what YOU desire and it is what YOU wanted so somehow the work is just so much more enjoyable. 
The rewards and pride are all there for yours to take all 100% off it as you created it by the choices you made

It has not been easy, in actual fact it has been 10x harder that I thought (and I am a hard worker) but the pride I have for what little old me created is just chest bulglingly amazing. The relationships and friendships I have formed with other SAHWM's is heartwarming and THE best and above all I am my own boss. I dictate how my day runs and what paths are taken and for what reasons. I am now even a boss to others and I have beautiful, loyal and grateful Mums that work with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, our Blog and Newsletters

A wise lady recently said to me " the very definition of a woman wanting to 'have it all' is when she wants to be a working mum AND a stay-at-home mum at the same time" she was right but I did and I do and I could not be happier that I chased my dreams.. You have to try don't you? 

With Down that Little Lane I just couldn't have sat there two years later thinking what if ?

There are so many quotes I have up my sleeve these days about what I have done. I have need to have my mantras to keep reminding me that this is something not everyone does and is something I should be very proud about but my favourite would have to be the 3 C's

"You have to have courage, to take a chance, to make a change"..

So that's me and my chasing dreams story. I am a great ambassador for it these days and have ideas for businesses of all styles and sizes. If you need advice, contacts or just a good kick up the butt.. email me as I am happy to provide any or all of the above x

A Fabulous Foxy Birthday

We are quite a bit in love with all things fox here at DTLL.  So when one of our beautiful customers, Rebecca, held a fox themed birthday party for her two little ones, we just had to share it with you all.


The party was in honour of Leni and Raff for their 4th and 2nd birthday respectively. They have their birthday 10 days apart in May so for Rebecca, it made sense to have a combined birthday at their ages while most of their friends are still through the couple's friends' kids.

"We borrowed a jumping castle from my sis-in-law, our backyard already has a cubby and then I organised some games like pin the tail on the fox and every child got a handmade fox mask attached to a bag full of stickers to decorate and then run around in for the day. So there was lots for the kids older and younger to be entertained with." Rebecca said.

The fox theme came about from Leni's love of foxes. Rebecca tells us that she has been, shall we say 'obsessed' by them since her grandma wrote a story for her about a fox she saw at her house one night. This love of foxes eventually rubbed off on Raff from all the 'foxy' things that kept coming into their house - from books, to hair clips and little ornament/toys from local shops in Bendigo.  
We can totally relate Leni!

Rebecca is a graphic designer/art director so as soon as the theme was decided she went to work planning the party.  "I prob did it over a few months just collecting ideas etc. One of the first purchases was Leni's fox dress from DTLL.  Leni got it for her birthday as a present (along with a bunny rabbit which she named 'Foxy' - love at first sight as you can see in the pic!!!)"she said. 

Rebecca designed the invitations, signage, lolly bag labels and made the fox masks for decorating. She decorated the table from hessian and then foliage from our garden for the greenery. She then collected some leaves and pine cones with the kids from an autumn oak tree to add to the tables.

And that cake? Wow! Rebecca's good friend Nicole Curnow from Bake Me I'm Yours made the cake. Rebecca told us "She only had the invite to work from and a brief of 'I trust you - go nuts'. She seriously out did herself. Not only did this cake look amazing but it also tasted amazing. Rainbow cake with white chocolate ganache in between each layer…yummy! The kids had great delight in eating it - as did the adults!"

The fox 'softie dolls' were a gift from Nicole to the kids through her other business. We at DTLL believe she is more than just a little bit talented... and yes Tessa is off to track her down!!

Isn't it just the most magical party!

Get the Look : Fabulous Foxes

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Make your own cake stand!

There is something both satisfying and special about making something.  You can look at the various pieces in your home with fondness, but it's the ones that you make with your own two hands that hold a special place in your heart.

And now thanks to the gorgeous Jane at Twiceloved China, you can now make your own cake stand!

The kits are available in both gold and silver and from now until Sunday 23rd June, they are on sale for $24.99 (normally $29.99).  A wonderful way to use your beautiful old china, or the perfect gift for someone special.

You can buy yours here.  And don't forget to send us a photo of your creations!

Sunday Specials

Each and every Sunday we will bring you any sales or special offers that our lovely sellers have happening for the coming week.


To celebrate their first birthday, Amelia's Armoire are having 10% off all their beautiful stock from now until the end of this week.  You can take advantage of this fantastic sale here


Jack & Edie have their stunning Christening Gown set on sale for an amazing $59.95 (original price of $129.95).  You can get yours here - the offer ends at the end of this week.  


OFRA Cosmetics have their Magic Concealer Wheel on sale for a fantastic $10 off until the end of June.  You can get yours here.  

Happy Shopping!  

For the love of eating : 1 minute chocolate cake

Chocolate cake in one minute?

Oh yes!  We did just say that.  And I bet that after you read this post, you'll be quickly checking you have all the ingredients.  Because chocolate cravings just got a whole lot sweeter!

What you'll need

4 tbs all-purpose flour
4 tbs sugar
3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
3 tbs milk
1 tbs vegetable oil

How to make it

1. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
2. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil.
3. Pour mixture into a single coffee mug, or two ramekins (make sure they are microwaveable).
4. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds in a lightly-greased mug, or 45 seconds in a ramekin.
5.  Pour yourself a cuppa, and sit back enjoy... you've just made the easiest, and quickest dessert ever!

Let us know how you go!

*This is a recipe Tessa saw in a magazine while she was in a cafe months ago

Seller in the Spotlight : NeekieNoo

Every few weeks we will put one of our gorgeous sellers in the spotlight and share with you a little about them and their business.


Today we are with the gorgeous owner of NeekieNoo - Amanda Laing.

How did you start your business? 

NeekieNoo Handmade started with the birth of my daughter. It was such a wonderful and overwhelming time of change for me. I left my career of over ten years as a commercial interior designer to care for this little bundle. In return she gave me back much more than I would have ever expected. She opened my eyes to the world again and re-kindled a creative drive in me which had always been there but had never fully surfaced. By making things for her, I began to explore different textile materials and craft techniques and I discovered I had a real passion for vintage materials and designs. Over the years my making became somewhat of a passion, something that I had to do to keep sane! My designs eventually evolved into a range of accessories, mainly now for women, but there is still a link back to the child. The connection back to childhood with my fabric choice is of real interest also to me. I believe my designs will keep evolving as I continue to discover new materials and techniques and now with a little son in tow who knows where that will take me!

What inspires you?

So much inspires me! I really adore the whole design process. Sourcing of vintage materials, designing, making and photographing each item. The satisfaction in seeing the finished product is so satisfying and if someone else also sees the value in my work well that’s an added bonus!
I also love the challenge of making jewellery out of inexpensive materials. To take natural twine and make something beautiful out of it is a challenge I love and I am also motivated by the eco-friendly aspect of using natural fibres and upcycling materials.
I really don’t have to look far to be inspired by the natural world either it is a constant resource for me and I think exploring it through the eyes of my children helps me to ‘see’ all of that clearly. Oh and I also adore flowers surprise surprise, I used to draw and constantly pick and arrange them for my mum as a child, daisies are a definite fave of mine. :)

What is your favourite piece in your collection? 

It was love at first sight with the vintage flower loom (for obvious reasons!) so I would have to say the flower loom bibs are my favourite. If I get on a roll I can weave a whole necklace in a day especially if I’m using a beautiful natural twine which is lovely to work with. It’s totally therapeutic, flower looming, similar to knitting or crocheting I could imagine.

Where would your dream holiday be? 

I really would love to visit Holland.  Having a Dutch father and grandparents I have had some exposure to the creative aspects of the Dutch culture in my life but I would really love to see the countryside, colour and design in the flesh.

If you could invite 5 people (dead or alive) to dinner, who would you invite and why?

Mmmm five people to dinner that’s a concept I find hard to entertain these days since my kids are 5 and 1, anyone really would be exciting lol!!!!! But if I had to choose, Antonio Gaudi, Florence Broadhurst, Arne Jacobsen, Debbie Harry and Diane Arbus, yes that would be an interesting enough bunch no?!

What is your favourite meal?

I am not a huge foody but definitely savoury over sweet, at the moment anything spicy or curried hits the spot with a glass of wine thrown in there too yumbo!

Amanda says "Welcome to my store if you are looking for something pretty and floral you are in the right place! I design and make wearable textile pieces from both new and upcycled fabrics, leather and twine just to name a few materials. 
My philosophy behind these designs is that you don't have to use expensive materials to create a beautiful jewellery piece and I love breathing new life into old materials. I also have a love of vintage things so my designs therefore frequently link back to vintage styles and or crafts. For example, I use a vintage flower loom to weave my flower pieces from re-purposed 1960's/70's floral sheet fabrics and twine. 
I am also happy to design to a custom colour or brief just send me a message with the details. I hope you enjoy! 
Mand XO"

You can see Amanda's beautiful full range here.